THE MESQUITE TREE
an American tragedy
With a little bit of masa and some leftover meat, a single mother can make enough tamales to feed her family for an entire month; but Blanca wants more for her granddaughter than to be pregnant at fifteen and stuck in a small house in South Texas with five generations of her abuelas. Can she change her family’s destiny before there’s another mouth to feed?
THE MESQUITE TREE PRODUCTION SHOTS
A workshop production of The Mesquite Tree, an American Tragedy was presented by Teatro Audaz at the Public Theatre in San Antonio from June 30 - July 10th 2022. Directed by Vanessa Rae Lerma and starring Cindy Rod Martinez, Elise Lopez, Laura T. Garza, Anastacia Islas, Elizabeth Ramirez, and Alejandra Wagnon.
THE MESQUITE TREE @ THE PGE
Pictures of the cast who took part in developmental readings of The Mesquite Tree at the PlayGround Experiment in 2019.
A short excerpt from an early draft of The Mesquite Tree at the PGE Virtual Volumes. Excerpt starts at 47:47.
Another short excerpt from an early draft of The Mesquite Tree at the PGE Virtual Volumes. Excerpt starts at 55:57.
THE MESQUITE TREE @ INDIANA UNIVERSITY
Pictures of the cast who took part in a fully staged reading of The Mesquite Tree at Indiana University in 2021.
The PlayGround Experiment, Developmental Readings (2019)
The PlayGround Experiment, Staged Reading (2021)
Indiana University, Staged Reading (2021)
Indiana University, Dev. Workshop (2022)
Theatre Audaz, Workshop Production (2022)